Śutudrī of Ṛg veda and Śatadru of Rāmāyaṇa— are the names of same river in different times with different Fluvial and Fan conditions — Part 1

  1. Śutudrī ~Śitadrī’~ Śitadru~ sita + dru~ from the white (Snow clad mountains)
  2. Śata-dru ~100 streams (We will look into this in later post sometimes in future. I am still studying the deposition and fan of Sutlej post LGM)

The Description of Śutudrī in Ṛg veda

  1. Variable scale channel avulsion history using fan architecture and stratigraphy, and sediment provenance of Sutlej-Yamuna fans in northwest Gangetic plains during Late Quaternary
  2. शत — द्रु ‘flowing in a h° (or numerous) branches’, N. of a river now called the Sutlej. It is also called शुतु-द्रि, शुतु-द्रु, शित-द्रु. — Vedic Index
  3. शुतुद्री — Śutudrī, twice mentioned in the Rigveda, is the name of
    the most easterly river of the Panjab, the modern Sutlej, the
    Zaradros of Ptolemy and Arrian. In the post-Vedic period
    the name of this river appears transformed to Śatadru (‘flowing
    in a hundred channels’). The Sutlej has changed its course
    very considerably within historical times — Vedic Index



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Rupa Bhaty

Rupa Bhaty

Architect and Adjunct Assistant Professor at School of Indic studies, Institute of Advanced Sciences, MA, USA